Publication Date



Technical Report: UTEP-CS-15-57

To appear in Journal of Uncertain Systems, 2016, Vol. 10.


In many pedagogical situations, it is advantageous to give students some autonomy: for example, instead of assigning the same homework problem to all the students, to give students a choice between several similar problems, so that each student can choose a problem whose context best fits his or her experiences. A recent experimental study shows that there is a 45% correlation between degree of autonomy and student success. In this paper, we provide a theoretical explanation for this correlation value.